Hospital Preparation for Bioterror

A Medical and Biomedical Systems Approach


  • Joseph McIsaac, Partner, Chief of Urologic Anesthesia, Hartford Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., Founder, CEO Director of Research and Development Mountain Laurel Biomedical, LLC, Hartford, CT, USA

Hospital Preparation for Bioterror provides an extremely timely guide to improving the readiness of hospitals or healthcare organizations to manage mass casualties as a result of bioterrorism, biological warfare, and natural disasters. Contributions from leading law enforcement agencies, hospital administrators, clinical engineers, surgeons and terror-prevention professionals provide the most comprehensive, well-rounded source for this valuable information. Chapters on logistics and protecting the infrastructure help personnel distinguish the specific risks and vulnerabilities of each unique institution and assists in identifying specific solutions for disaster and bioterrorism preparedness.
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clinical engineers, scientists, researchers, administrators, physicians, nurses.


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088440-7

Table of Contents

Preface: Joseph H. McIsaac, IIIChapter 1: Recurring Pitfalls in Hospital Preparedness and Response - Jeffrey N. RubinChapter 2: The History and Threat of Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism - Zygmunt F. Dembek Chapter 3: Hospital Syndromic Surveillance - Kathy J. Hurt-Mullen, Howard Burkom, Joe Lombardo, Sheryl Happel Lewis, Nicola Marsden-Haug, Julie PavlinChapter 4: Biological Agents, Effects, Treatment, Differential Diagnosis - Zygmunt F.Dembek and Theodore J. CieslakChapter 5: Medical Considerations for Radiological Terrorism - James Winkley and Paul D. MonganChapter 6: Nerve and Chemical Agents - Paul D. Mongan and James WinkleyChapter 7: Decontamination and Personal Protection - Joseph H. McIsaac, IIIChapter 8: EMS Preparation for Terrorist Events - Michael Zacchera, IIIChapter 9: Emergency Department Preparation - Michael Zacchera, III and Michael F. ZankerChapter 10: Pediatrics: Special Considerations for Children - James F. Wiley, IIChapter 11: The Role of Psychiatry and Social Services in the Hospital Response to Bioterrorism - Julian D. FordChapter 12: Bioterrorism and Obstetrics: The Exposed Pregnant Patient - Renee A. Bobrowski, John F. Greene, Jr and Joel SoroskyChapter 13: Operating Room Preparation for Mass Casualties - Joseph H. McIsaac, IIIChapter 14: Bioterrorism and Implications for Nurses and Nursing - Jacquelyn McQuay Chapter 15: The Role of Pharmacy in Emergency Preparedness - Robert GuynnChapter 16: The Clinical Engineering Department Role in Emergency Preparedness - Duane MarriottiChapter 17: Amateur Radio Support for Hospitals - Marina ZuetellChapter 18: Hospital Power: Critical Care - James F. NewtonChapter 19: Electromagnetic Interference - Joseph H. McIsaac, IIIChapter 20: Chapter for Simulation for Bioterrorism - Thomas C. Mort and Stephen DonahueChapter 21: Simulation II: Preparing for Biodisasters - Richard R. KyleChapter 22: Hospital Large-Scale Drills - Garrett HavicanChapter 23: Response to SARS as a prototype for bioterrorism: Lessons in a RegionalHospital in Hong Kong - Arthur Chun-Wing Lau, Ida Kam-Siu Yip, Man-Ching Li, Mary Wan, Alfred Wing-Hang Sit, Rodney Allan Lee, Raymond Wai-Hung Yung and Loretta Yin-Chun YamAppendix A: Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery Checklist Beyond the Emergency Management PlanAppendix B: Model Hospital Mutual Aid Memorandum of UnderstandingAppendix C: Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological AttacksAppendix D: Develop a Mitigation Plan (FEMA)Appendix E: Medical Examiner/Coroner Guide for Mass Fatality Management of Chemically Contaminated RemainsAppendix F: Systems and Communications Security During Recovery and RepairAppendix G: Altered Standards of Care in Mass-Casualty EventsAppendix H: Surge Hospitals: Providing Safe Care in EmergenciesAppendix I: Medical-Surgical Supply Formulary by Disaster ScenarioIndex